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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Jackson Creek Publishers (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975931903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975931905
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.8 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,812,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

As a die-hard elk hunter who takes the opportunity to participate in the grand adventure of elk hunting very seriously, I believe that there are five key factors that if applied with determination, will result in a successful elk hunt. 1) Gain a comprehensive and practical knowledge of the elk. 2) Craft a well thought out and comprehensive plan for your hunt, remembering to build in a bit of flexibility. 3) Commit your willpower and ability to endure the rigors of elk hunting in the face of adverse conditions and circumstances. 4) Have the patience of Job. 5) Execute effective hunting tactic, i.e. follow your plan…and pray.

Folks, becoming a successful elk hunter is not a rocket science. It does, however, require the average hunter to be willing to plan diligently, work hard, and make some sacrifices. If you are not prepared to do all of the above with vigor, save yourself some time and give this book to a friend now, because without this level of commitment, nothing you may glean from this book is going to make any difference. Elk Hunting 101 will provide valuable insight to elk hunters of all experience levels into the fundamentals of what is required to become an effective and successful hunter of this great animal. Elk hunting is dynamic. By this I mean that those factors that may affect the outcome of your hunt are always in a state of change. The weather, terrain, wind, hunting pressure, and the habits of the elk themselves are nearly always in a constant state of transition. The successful elk hunter willingly acknowledges this, and builds a plan that takes into account all of these dynamics and about a dozen more.

About the Author

A life-long hunter and outdoorsman, Jay Houston began his big game hunting adventure bowhunting whitetail deer with his dad and brother in the Oak and Hickory hardwood forests of western Tennessee, Arkansas and northern Mississippi. In 1969, Jay made his first hunting pilgrimage west to Rifle, Colorado where he became forever captivated with the Aspen covered Rockies, and broad open spaces he now calls home and refers to as "Elk Country."

Jay is the President of Colorado Elk Camp, an online resource he founded in 1996 to provide information and services for elk hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. Serving over three million visitors a year, Colorado Elk Camp has become one of America’s leading purveyors of information for elk hunters. When asked why he started Colorado Elk Camp, Jay says, "When I first moved to Colorado and started elk hunting in 1989, there were few places one could go to obtain information on elk hunting and fewer hunters willing to share some of the most basic information essential to learning about this great wilderness adventure. I determined that if I ever broke the code and learned anything of value to other hunters, that I would find a way to share that information."

For over a decade, Jay has hunted elk throughout Colorado and served as a hunting consultant assisting thousands of elk hunters locate just the right outfitter or elk hunting ranch to meet their particular hunting needs.

As a freelance writer for over 20 years, Jay has authored and published numerous articles and stories on a variety of topics, including a book review for Focus on The Family. A recent interview on Jay’s thoughts on elk hunting can be found in a comprehensive article on elk hunting published by Heartland USA™ magazine November/December 2003 issue). Elk Hunting 101 is his first published work in book form.

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Hunter/Mentor: A big game hunter for over 40 years, Jay is equally skilled hunting the high country with a bow or rifle. While he still loves to chase bull elk whenever the opportunity presents itself, Jay now spends much of his time sharing the knowledge and skills that he has acquired over the years with other hunters via his writing and speaking engagements.

Hunting Consultant: Hunt Connections, www.huntconnections.com, an organization that Jay founded in 1998, assists outfitters, landowners, and big game hunters from around the globe. Hunt Connections is one of the most recognized names in the big game hunting industry. Each year Jay connects hundreds of hunters with those professionals that will provide them with the dream hunt of a lifetime.

Author: Jay is the author of five highly successful books on elk hunting. His books are top-sellers and have helped thousands of hunters in their pursuit of elk high in the Rockies. Jay also offers hunters a valuable resource and free tips on elk hunting via his website, www.elkcamp.com.

Speaker: Jay is a nationally requested conference speaker. Each year Jay captivates thousands of men, women, and young people with his transparent yet highly informative down-home style. Using humor and object lessons from his years spent in the high country in pursuit of majestic elk or elusive mule deer, or flying F-4 Phantom jet fighters around the globe, Jay has a unique ability to draw the audience into his story. Jay travels extensively across America teaching seminars on elk hunting, speaking at numerous events and fundraising banquets. In recent years Jay has served as a guest speaker at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Annual Elk Camp.

Military: Jay served in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard as a Weapons Systems Officer flying F-4 Phantom jet fighters.

Education: Jay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University.

Faith: Jay is a lifelong evangelical Christian. He is a teacher and public speaker on marriage, life and relationships. Top three speaking topics for faith-based events:
*God's #1 Charge To Every Husband, The Silver Bullet of Marriage: Loving Your Wife & Making Her #1
*What Are You Hear For: Your Purpose & Your Passion
*It's Not Your Battle To Fight


* President/CEO: Jackson Creek Media Group, Inc.
* Founder: The Outfitter Network- Big Game Hunt brokers since 1996
* Founder: ElkCamp.com - America's #1 Online Resource for Elk Hunters
* Founder: Outdoor Speakers Agency, 2008
* Published Works:
Elk Hunting 101, A Pocketbook Guide to Elk Hunting, 2004
Elk Hunting 201, Big Bulls...Essentials for a Successful Hunt, 2005
Elk Hunting 301, Making It Happen In Elk Country, 2006
Ultimate Elk Hunting, Strategies, Techniques, & Methods, 2008
Answers For Elk Hunters, 2009
* Producer and Host of The Elk Hunter Series (DVD), 2006
* National Lecturer & Conference Speaker on Elk and Elk Hunting

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By Bart on October 16, 2013
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This book was written in easy to understand, easy to follow format for the average Joe who can't afford to hire an outfitter. It was written by a guy who hunts successfully on Public Lands.
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By Renee L. Robichaud on November 8, 2012
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Total waste. Laughable, really. I was looking for hunting tips and elk natural history and I got: get in shape before you hunt and use a GPS. Read the entire book in an hour and didn't learn anything.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G in H-Town on August 20, 2007
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This book should be titled "Chicken Soup for the Elk Hunter". It is folksy and easy to read but light on technical detail. I didn't get very much knowledge from the book although I enjoyed parts of it.

The book is definately not written for bowhunters.
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